Kamakura Historic Sites

Historic Sites in Kamakura, Japan

Kamakura Historic Sites

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  • Mark T
    Ageo, Japan594 contributions
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    This temple is located on my way to The Great Buddha Kamakura. The street around the temple is very intriguing. You can stop by and buy some drinks.
    The temple was very sacred. The main statue is very tall. But I liked the views from the temple. I loved the ocean views!
    Written July 10, 2024
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  • Mark T
    Ageo, Japan594 contributions
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    Kenchji is a Rinzai zen temple built by Rankei Doryu in 1253. There are a lot of magnificent buildings. I was impressed by Shinji Pond and Zen Garden. The Shinji pond looks like a character Kokoro which means heart. The pond will give you an Instagram moment.
    Written July 7, 2024
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  • J&S_Singapore
    Singapore, Singapore5,282 contributions
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    Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is Kamakura's most important shrine. The shrine is reached via a long, wide approach that leads from the multiple torii gates along the way.
    We took the JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo for about an hour. While Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is a 10-minute walk from JR Kamakura Station all of us will spend 30 mins or more, and that's due to the large crowd and busy 鎌倉小町通 Street that draws our attention away (see separate Review).

    Dedicated to Hachiman, the family’s patron god, the whole Shrine grounds feature a stage, a main hall with a terrace, even a museum and some secondary shrines. Flanking the main approach to the shrine are two ponds. One pond represents the Minamoto Clan and has three islands, while the other represents the Taira Clan, the Minamoto's arch rivals, and has four islands, as the number four can be pronounced the same as "death" in Japanese. A garden, known for its peonies, surrounds the Minamoto Pond halfway. During April's cherry blossoms it’s not hard to miss; a cherry blossom-lined pathway leading through the city center, you will be led straight to its main Torri Gate!

    The main hall (Hongu or Jogu) stands on a terrace at the top of a wide stairway. The main hall includes a small museum, which displays various treasures owned by the shrine, such as swords, masks and documents. Not to be missed is the Maiden dancing stage at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine which is often used for ceremonies. Various events are held at the shrine throughout the year but in December when we were here, we just missed them

    We were here on a Sunday noon time and the crowd was large, challenging to get nice photoshoots. Popular souvenirs among tourists from the shrine include charms for good luck, happiness, or longevity as well as amulets.
    We spent an hour or so and left the wonderful place, via the same route we came.
    Written January 2, 2024
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  • MissOwlie
    Oss, The Netherlands188 contributions
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    We went to the Inamuragasaki Cape to watch the sunset. It was a beautiful, calm and place, sitting on the rocks watching and listening to the waves. We hoped to see Mount Fuiji but sadly there where to much clouds. But the view was still very beautiful.
    Written April 1, 2020
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  • haro1210
    Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan4,414 contributions
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    材木座海岸のすぐ近くにあるお寺です。
    わたしは自転車で行きましたが、もし車で海側を走ると、逗子まで間違っていってしまう可能性があるので、注意が必要です。
    蓮の花で知られ、わたしはそれを見に行きました。
    今回で3回目だと思うのですが、落ち着くところが好きです。
    お寺の前の駐車場は広く、今回は海水浴で訪れる人も駐車していました。
    靴を脱ぎ、スリッパを履いて見学します。
    本堂の左側に蓮池があり、右側には枯山水庭園があります。
    廊下を歩き、本堂の裏側にトイレがあります。
    靴を履き、本堂の右(枯山水庭園の横)を歩くと、裏側の山に登ることができます。
    そこからは、鎌倉の海も眺めることができます。
    鎌倉駅から小坪行のバスに乗れば、お寺の前に停車します。
    It is a temple located in the immediate vicinity of the Zaimokuza beach.
    I went by bicycle, but if you drive by the car to the sea side, you need to be careful as there is a possibility that Zushi may go wrong.
    Known for lotus flowers, I went to see it.
    I think that this time is the third time, I like to settle down.
    The parking lot in front of the temple is wide, and people who visited by swimming at this time also parked.
    I take off my shoes and wear slippers and watch it.
    There is a lotus pond on the left side of the main hall and Karesansui garden on the right side.
    I walk to the corridor and there is a toilet behind the main hall.
    Wear shoes and walk on the right side of the main hall (next to the garden of Karesansui), you can climb the mountain behind.
    From there you can also see the sea in Kamakura.
    From Kamakura station, take the bus of Kotsubo Line and stop in front of the temple.
    Written August 23, 2018
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  • Della G
    Coquitlam, Canada795 contributions
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    Interesting walkway leading up to the main shrine. Better to walk on either side of the street to view the storefronts and eateries.
    Written June 26, 2020
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  • Dave_Cowley_Road
    Oxford, UK897 contributions
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    Shakado Pass is a forbidden pleasure as there are barricades to prevent you getting close. It is dangerous and there is the risk of rock falls, so be warned and take care how close you get. This is an old pass that gave access between two parts of historic Kamakura. It is close to a suburban area, and not far from Sugimotodera. The pass is dramatic and beautiful, worth a detour if you are interested in old Kamakura.
    Written July 23, 2016
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  • Della G
    Coquitlam, Canada795 contributions
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    A small temple that we encountered on our walk close by the Daibutu temple. Interesting to note that this was once a historical residence of Shijo Kingo who was a devoted follower of the Nichiren sect of buddhism This dates back to the 13th century. The residence was converted to a temple during the Edo period and is still currently maintained by devoted followers. A very pleasant encounter along the many fascinating sites to explore in Kamakura
    Written July 2, 2020
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  • Traveler
    Kamakura, Japan5 contributions
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    The place is located within the beach of Kamakura. It actually is a ruins of the historical port of Kamakura from early 13th century. You can experience not only the history but a lots of sea creatures behind of stones and rocks especially in the spring to autumn.
    Written January 9, 2018
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  • Kwakaku
    Sakai, Japan2,190 contributions
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    Minamoto Yoritomo (1147-1199), the founder and first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate, enshrined his guardian Buddhist image, the Amitabha statue, in Hokke-do Temple. After his death on January 13, 1199, his body was buried in the temple, presumably under it. The Buddhist ceremony for the first anniversary of his death was held in the temple. Near the site of Hokke-do Temple (2 Chome-5-7 Nishimikado, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0004), there is another site of Hokke-do hall, or there used to be another Hokke-do hall nearby, which was built to pray for the comfort of Hojo Yoshitoki (1163-1224) in the other world. I’m afraid I have to say that the hall for Yoshitoki might have been as big as that for Yoritomo, who was Yoshitoki’s lord. That shows what important part Yoshitoki played in establishing the Kamakura Shogunate. Although the site is vacant, you can enjoy VR reproduction of the hall if you have an iPhone or iPad.
    Written February 16, 2022
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